· To be equipped for future opportunities

· Have Chinese-speaking family and friends

· Travelling to China

· Chinese culture is cool.

Mandarin is “too hard” to learn, right? Despite this widely-held belief, millions of people are studying Mandarin Chinese as a second language.

But if it’s so hard, why bother to learn Mandarin?

Is Mandarin/Chinese Difficult?

There is no doubt that written Chinese is difficult to learn – even for the Chinese! But the spoken language is a different kettle of fish.

In many ways, Mandarin Chinese is much easier to learn than European languages. Here are some features which make Mandarin easy:

· no subject/verb agreement

· no plurals

· no conjugations

· no tenses

· simple numbering system which is applied to dates and time expressions

· simple conditional sentences

· simple prepositions

So Mandarin is easy, but why learn it? The number one reason is that Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world. Learn to speak Mandarin and you can speak with millions of people around the world. More reasons:

Business - Business people who speak Mandarin have a huge advantage in tapping into the Chinese market. It is much easier to develop all-important relationships if you can speak Mandarin.

Travel - China and Taiwan offer exciting travel opportunities. Getting around is much easier if you can speak Mandarin.

Culture - With thousands of years of history, Chinese culture is endlessly fascinating. Whether your interests are in history, architecture, music, or cuisine, a knowledge of Mandarin will enrich your understanding of Chinese culture.

Family, traveling, and Chinese Culture are other major reasons for Chinese study. Our view is Learning Chinese gives you get a seat at the table in increasingly competitive world.